What goddess is helpful when dealing with a miscarriage? I've tried researching this question other places but nothing really comes up. I was about 8 weeks along and two weeks ago had a miscarriage. I hope to call upon the goddess to help me heal and also hold a ritual to remember my baby by. I feel like my body has failed me, I'm not sure how to heal. I tend to lend towards Celtic and eygptian gods/goddesses but am open to any suggestions. Thank you!
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The Ancient Maya goddess Ix Chel is a goddess of midwifery and healing. A pilgrimage to the island of Cozumel where the main Temple of Ix Chel is located was performed by women in need of emotional and physical healing. You can still visit her temple on Cozumel and say a little prayer. The vacation may do you some good also.
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Sorry for your loss. This is a difficult and not easy to deal with except with time. You shouldn't feel like your body has failed you, it's not uncommon for a woman having a baby for the first time for this to happen, as it means there was something wrong with the pregancy, which made it unavoidable.
As a Modern Minoan pagan the mid wife of the Minoans was Eileithyia who became associated with Artemis and survivied to some extent into Hellenic times.
You should commune with the goddess in the same way the Minoans would have - see my note on my facebook page -
As this would be very relevent for you under the circumstances.
Check out the Goddess Bree who was also known as Bridgit. Sorry for your loss.
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Jizo has many functions and duties, but most important of them all is that acts a protector of children and unborn children who died before their parents.
Though not an ancient goddess, my friend said Lilith helped her out a lot. I would also suggest Artemis, the goddess of childbirth, and Isis the mother goddess.
It’s nearly always the Chthonic goddesses because you’re dealing with the transitions from the underworld to life and back to the underworld again. It’s all that deep earth grounding you get with Kali and Lilith. There is also Nephthys, Hecate, and Demeter, and we can’t forget Persephone who as “the lost daughter” and queen of the underworld offers solace for loss.
There are many - many Deities for the care and welfare of Pregnancy, the birth and the well-being of both infant/child and Mother...
There are very few that hold the responsibility when loss has happened..
St. Catherine of Sweden (Roman Catholic) Patron saint of miscarriage prevention.
The one Deity that is strongly held and respected for this sad responsibility is not at all in the sense a Matriarch !!
There is indeed a Buddhist practice called 'mizuko kuyo'— a “fetus memorial service” (mizuko means "water child") for anyone who experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth or perinatal loss.
The Ritual is connected to Jizo who is the protector of aborted, miscarried and stillborn children, as well as those who died shortly after birth. Many Jizo figures have a staff in his right hand ( which he uses to help the mizuko who can't yet walk), and a baby in his left, and there are several babies sitting around his feet reaching up to him.
The Jizo has a double purpose.
Its image both represents the Soul of the deceased infant/fetus, and is also the Deity who takes care of children on their Netherworld journey.
It is believed that as the babies did not have the chance to build up good Karma on Earth, and so Jizo helps smuggle the children into the afterlife - to cross the river in the sleeves of his robe.
He is the Deity of smiles and long sleeves, the enemy of Malevolent Spirits, and the one being who can heal the wound of a mother who has lost her child in death. He carries a stave with six rings that symbolize the Six Realms of Existence where Jizō is active and the Six Perfections that lead to Nirvana: Generosity, Morality, Patience, Vigor, Concentration, and Wisdom.